South Africa Today, The Script Unfolds …

South Africa’s recent election outcome with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) having lost hundreds of thousands of votes came and went as no surprise.

One of the major reasons seems to be, as repeatedly documented; the ANC has become insensitive to the poor majority and has to urgently redefine itself.

moneyIt will have to act on, for example, the e-tolls system and do away with rightwing policies forthwith. In fact, the ANC and its government will not get away without a high-quality, effective and efficient intelligence force, a force similar to that of Zimbabwe. ESKOM, Rand Water and the Traffic Departments are all in serious need of honest, hands-on management. Outsourcing has become a swear word and should be treated as such, because it is one of the roots of corruption.

About thirty years ago a group of well-qualified senior ANC intelligence officers read the strategy of the racist-apartheid Nationalist Party (NP) regime then, which was fully backed by the international West.

A small group of senior ANC NEC members explained under the condition of anonymity, “The White NP regime together with the owners of the economy collaborated as ‘architects-of-apartheid’. Their strategy was to unban the ANC, SACP, PAC, Cosatu and all its affiliates, to put together a multi-party democracy, as they had done in the late 1970s in occupied Namibia. Their “democratic model” would be a two-tier system, similar to the old Roman structures.”

“Their two-tier system would include a host of strategic structures such as the NP’s “regional governments”; the Progressive Federal Party (PFP)-Democratic Alliance (DA) “federal system”, which mischievous armchair academics describe as a “Swiss Canton model”; the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) called it the “con-federal system” with the IFP ruling KwaZulu-Natal on its own and the apartheid-Homeland leaders like general Bantu Holomisa and Lucas Mangope, who would call that system ”Bantustans.”

“The above would leave the ANC, SACP, SACTU, COSATU on the outskirts of the corridors of government.”

Like SWAPO Party in Namibia, who was strongly against South Africa’s NP regime’s dictate with its huge host of 149 political parties then, competing against incoming SWAPO, the ANC intelligence officers and strategists were directly opposed against a similar strategy for South Africa.”

“Whittling down support of both liberation movements would create inflated and hugely expensive provincial governments with nine ministers and their staff complement for as many portfolios. This strategy would lead to ‘consumption expenditure’ instead of ‘infrastructural development expenditure’, this writer was told.

As it is today, the treasury pays 55% of the annual national budget towards the nine provincial administrations. If only a two-third majority in parliament would allow the number of provinces to be reduced to four, maximum five provinces, then central government and its treasury would simply have to cut its budget for the provinces.

The ANC team of strategists and intelligence officers also warned that the Western Cape would be won by an apartheid-colonial NP-alliance. That structure would establish a corridor through to the Free State Province and its capitol, Bloemfontein. The Gauteng Province would fall to the same DA conglomerate by 2019. Will the Gauteng Province ever return to the ANC mold again?

In above context, it is small wonder that ANC strategists and intelligence officers were not at all surprised at the Local Government elections outcome. In fact, the late Chris Hani did not support the regional government system in any way.

As revealed to this writer, “During the Codesa negotiations in 1994 the international West had forced the ANC team to adopt the secret “Sunset Clauses”, as developed by FW de Klerk and Joe Slovo. The alternative was that the racist-apartheid regime threatened, it would kill millions of native African South Africans in their townships by dropping nuclear devices on them.”

The same ANC intelligence officers further warned against “Chris Hani being murdered, as he stood in the way of the covert plotters. The enemy’s covert operations were to kill Hani, as he was intelligent and not corruptible. He understood the enemy tactics too well, including those of certain suspicious ANC leaders and insiders”, this commentator was told.

“The above-mentioned report included that covert operations would follow Hani’s murder up by character assassinating Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Both were described as easy targets, as one had a drinking problem and the other a problem with women and money. Such character assassinations could lead to self-destruction. The ANC intelligence had warned the movement about such nefarious activities some thirty years ago.”

Recalled Thabo Mbeki met the EFF leaders on the eve of the elections. He also did not attend any of the ‘star rallies’ of his ruling party and avoided to go onto the campaign trail. When interviewed whom he would vote for, if, he expressed his abhorrence over corruption. Mbeki hinted about his vote and said, “The electorate would have to follow its conscience.” Did it not actually send a message to the ANC members not to vote?

The revered, late ANC President in exile, Oliver Reginald Tambo, maintained that no living being would be stronger than the ANC.

The late ANC and country president, Nelson Mandela, is on record having said in 1993 before he was elected as president of a new South Africa, “If people relax their vigilance, they will find their sacrifices have been in vain. If the ANC does not deliver the goods, the people must do to it what they have done to the apartheid regime … “

What is it that both above-mentioned leaders knew then already, that the rest of the leadership and its voters have not been exposed to?

Internationally renowned researcher, author and journalist, professor John Pilger commented, “The economic ‘growth’, which Nelson Mandela applauds, was once described by Joseph Schumpeter, the doyen of Harvard economists, as ‘creative destruction’.”

South African businessman, Mzi Khumalo, comments, “Three ways the White minority has outsmarted the native black majority in the democracy numbers game are:

  • They concentrated their numbers into the Western Cape and secured themselves a dominion. (This is similar to Namibia’s secessionists of the Caprivi Strip, which was argued and punished as “high treason”, this writer.)
  • They follow the divide and conquer strategy by promoting the EFF through the corporate mainstream media cartels and fund it to dilute the impact of Black unity.
  • They then convinced ANC voters that (president) Zuma is unacceptable to vote for, while convincing their most racist voters to vote for the DA, even if their leader is Black.”

“It’s not the ANC, who must smell the coffee, because they will loose power. It’s the Black voter who must smell the coffee, or loose political expression”, Mzi Khumalo explains.

Have power; patronage, resources and subsequent arrogance destroyed the ANC elite?

Have the academic and corporate mainstream media cartels’ propaganda war waged against the ANC, eventually contributed to the ANC’s demise?

Would the ANC be reduced to a rural political party by 2019, whereas the DA and its coalitions would ascend to become a multi-party, urban conglomeration, ruling South Africa?

In fact, the DA did not make any progress in these last elections. The ANC regressed, as voters simply did not vote. The DA rides on a tribal ticket to split the ANC. Have certain ANC factions, lobbied with outside interest groups to accept a “thirty-year-plan” to divide the amaZulu from within the ANC?

Senior ANC NEC sources under the condition of strict anonymity expect, “The funds for the EFF would be re-directed away from a dwindling Congress Of The People (COPE) to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to capture the youth and assist the DA in its move to enter the native Black living areas. But, once the EFF tastes power, it will self-destruct. It will be then that the former racist-apartheid NP and owners-of-the-economy’s offspring, the DA, will have used the EFF to its hilt and spit it out.”

South Africa’s judiciary would play a major role, as it slipped through the backdoor into the corridors of political power. The liberal abuse of the constitution has already become the order of the day. The electorate seems confused, who actually wields power in South Africa. However, the electorate understands the problems of the ANC leadership.

The election outcome unfolded exactly as analysed above.

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Who really grabbed Africa’s land and still does so, regardless?

By Udo W. Froese, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, commenting from Windhoek, Namibia and Harare, Zimbabwe.

The global north is unable to feed itself. This explains the “land acquisition” (sounds better than land grab) for food crops in Africa. The UN body, the ‘Food and Agricultural Organisation’ (FAO) published a report on this trend in December 2009.

The writer/researcher, Thembi Mutch from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, documented in the London based newsmagazine, NewAfrican, “Rural land grabs in sub-Saharan Africa force peasant farmers into ghettos in cities where jobs are scarce – which will only contribute to further food shortages and crisis in the future.”

Such ruthless foreign land grabs cause imminent abject poverty and starvation of continental proportions.

Mutch observes further, “In many African countries there are no mechanisms to monitor land appropriation. Although there are public protectors, an auditor general, anti-corruption units and other controlling mechanisms in place, it is easy to bypass them: they monitor only government and donor money, not private investment.”

It means, the purchase of land in sub-Saharan Africa will not end. This will lead to further disenfranchisement of already disadvantaged indigenous Africans in their own land on their own continent. They remain hopeless, starving third-class citizens.

In her article on ‘land grabbing’ in Africa in the newsmagazine, NewAfrican, Thembi Mutch writes, “A whole new industry has sprung up, including commodities and futures trading on African land and water rights, and with it, there has been a concomitant rise in investment firms, many based in the UK, who actively promote partnerships between private companies and brokers based in sub-Saharan Africa.”

“The British firm, Silverstreet Capital, boasts about its ability to buy up African farms and “boost productivity” by, among other things, abandoning “till” farming – i.e., farming by hand. Smallholding African farmers are at the bottom of the pile. Land acquisition is attracting new players. For example, the Rockefeller/Gates Foundation/USAID partnership is working with Monsanto – USD$150 million will be invested by them into an “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA) project,” Thembi Mutch explains.

Global land grabbers of huge tracts of African soil include the likes of US, British and European billionaires, the Saudi Arabian government and the Sultan of Brunei for their private use only and without access for the local population. They do not carry Africa’s interests. Those well-heeled foreigners arrange themselves through their elites on the ground. They receive tax breaks and exemptions, repatriations of profits, additional free land and water concessions.

As Mutch documents in her research, published in the NewAfrican, “The issue is not necessarily the purchasing. It is the levels of secrecy, the lack of templates or agencies monitoring how the (indigenous) people who already live on the land, will be dealt with.”

It gets worse. “Numerous “pioneering” Dutch and Swedish farmers are keen to use areas in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda for biofuels experimentation. The needs of smallholders are sidelined. They are viewed only as potential cultivators for an industry that is still trying out seeds, growing methods and approaches,” as observed by Thembi Mutch.

The above documented research should be one of the priorities of the African Union (AU), Ecowas and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in order to stem the resultant high unemployment, abject poverty, starvation and the destabilisation of a whole continent.

Farayi Nziramasanga in Harare, Zimbabwe, summed up the actions of the new breed of African leadership in the newsmagazine, NewAfrican, writing, “Over the past couple of decades, nationalist leadership with a pan-African perspective has been replaced by “new democrats” supported by the (international) West. These donor-funded client-leaders have a local focus and dare not annoy their funders. They owe their elevation and sustenance to foreign interests, who in turn dictate policy.”

Addressing the role of the AU, Nziramasanga, writes, “Our power as a continent lies in us being able to speak with one voice and act in unison on issues of (African) continental interest. And, Nigeria and South Africa have to shed the illusion of continental giants – they are not and never will be.”

It is important for Africa to understand its position and the foreign interests, the real role, for example, of the US’s continental ‘Africa Command’, ‘Africom’ and its proxies. This should also mean, the role of South Africa’s former cabinet minister, dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma occupying the chair of the African Union, is to understand and accept it as her primary task “to pull the Africa-wide power into a continental force for the advancement of Africa-wide interests.”

Leaders, who secretly sell the birthright of their supporters for a bowl of soup, commit the serious crime of High Treason and should be held accountable by the structures of their countries, their regions and finally, the AU. Africa should view the outsourcing of its land as a criminal offense.

“Western capitalism arose through strong government for the economy and for accessing the resources in the global South (which continuous to this day),” are the final words of Thembi Mutch, the author of the feature in the magazine, NewAfrican, “Land grabbing, a growing menace”.

Forget the European ICC in the Netherlands. Cut ties with it. Africa has no option, but to re-establish itself, its land, its wealth and its own souvereign courts.

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Open Letter To New Era Newspaper, Namibia, Africa

The letter of Mr. Koos Pretorius in your edition of ‘New Era’ on 7 November 2012 under the title “I want to learn” cannot go unchallenged. In an attempt to discredit me, the proud chairman of the ‘Action Monitor Group’ claims that the facts in my columns should be queried.

First, in my research making use of, among others, ‘Wikipedia’, the ‘Action Monitor Group’ is a political party in Namibia. “The party is based among conservative white Namibians only, with most of its top leadership having served in the government of apartheid South West Africa.”

Add to this, ‘Action Monitor Group’ is unrepresented in Windhoek’s parliament and is therefore, redundant with ever dwindling support.

It is good that some of you would like to learn. Yet, it never ceases to amaze that you learn and choose to forget the history of the past racist occupation. Amnesia serves those well, who were in fact, part and parcel of that history and still have a lot to answer for.

There is a link that you should visit before you try to undermine those, who keep up to date with history and current affairs. The link under the title “South Africa – Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy” (overcomingapartheid.msu/people,php?id=129) – will take you to a page on the late former colonial-apartheid Prime Minister of South Africa, Hendrik French Verwoerd. He was born on 8 September in 1901 in Amsterdam, Holland.

This page will reveal that, “It was here that he (Hendrik French Verwoerd) made his infamous statement regarding the limitation of the black academic curriculum to basic literacy and numeracy, because ‘Africans were meant to be hewers of wood and drawers of water only’.

As former columnist of the late Hannes Smit’s (Smittie’s) weekly newspaper, ‘Windhoek Observer’, and politician, Mr. Koos Pretorius should have come across the above-mentioned in his readings. In fact, he should be very well aware of Verwoerd’s racist remarks, having been in the same political camp. Does the politician Pretorius admit that he is not “op hoogte van sake nie”, meaning, that he is not up to historical date? Or, is he trying to motivate his role as an upright apartheid-apostle in Namibia in 2012?

It surprises this writer that Pretorius in his quest for wanting to learn would not be au fait with the Verwoerdian history of Nationalist Party South Africa and the closely linked background of his affiliations with the colonial-apartheid structures of Pretoria. The same applies to the DTA in the then South West Africa.

The author of Dirk Frederik Mudge’s biography, “Reenmaker van die Namib” (“Rainmaker of the Namib), At van Wyk, quoted Mudge as having said that ‘he had to approach the South African government for help of R100 million to be able to fight the popular movement of SWAPO in the elections towards the end of 1989 and that he had received it’.

Wikipedia also reports that the “Allgemeine Zeitung and the Republikein are (were until recently) both owned by Democratic Media Holdings (DMH, at one stage also called ‘Dirk Mudge Holdings’), of which Dirk Mudge is (was) the chairperson. Mudge was a pivotal figure in the DTA from its inception in 1977 until the mid-1990s. During that period the Republikein was widely viewed as being aligned with the DTA. DMH even pumped part of its profits into the DTA after independence. Earlier, the DTA had bankrolled the paper.”

DMH has since sold the majority of its shares to South Africa’s media conglomerate Nasionale Pers/Media 24.

On page 37 of the book “Historical Dictionary of Namibia” (second edition), authored by Victor L. Tonchi, William A. Lindeke and John J. Grotpeter, it is documented that “Nico Basson, a former South African military intelligence official revealed in May 1991 that he, Basson, had been part of a major disinformation campaign that was financed by R100 million then of secret South African government funds. He worked from the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek.”

“In addition to a series of “dirty tricks” revealed by Basson, it came to light that R65 million of the R72 million Rand election budget of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) came from South Africa.”

In the same above-mentioned book, on the same page 37 it states, “DTA chairman, Dirk Mudge, acknowledged the truth of the statements.”

By referring to “lowering the political debate”, Mr. Koos Pretorius is not known for high standards during his apartheid heydays in the South West African legislature. It now seems that he wants to stifle any national debate by demonstrating his skills.

Given the real history of ownership of Africa’s land, the slave- and colonial background, from which apartheid and UDI grew, it would be logical that the indigenous Africans would fight back. Parallel structured economic exclusion added to a seriously disadvantaged life in abject poverty for generations of Africans in their own land on their own continent.

With all due respect and in the aforementioned historic light, it would therefore, be clear that the struggle movement, SWAPO, which forms today’s ruling party, rides the historical, moral, legal and legitimate high-ground.

Respectfully,

Udo W. Froese

 

 

Where The Present Is Based On Fraud, The History On Lies And The Future Does Not Exist

By Udo W. Froese, non-institutionalised political and socio-economic analyst and columnist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The heart of South Africa’s conflict firmly lies in plundering and pilfering of its resources. The old, established oligarchic crony capitalism divided this country and the region’s wealth among a few ultra-rich families, who deployed their paid-up political puppets to secure total control over the abundant resources forever.

It includes all natural resources in the soil of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region without exception.

They have a warped understanding of patriotism. As knights in shining armour with bleeding hearts for the poor majority and their leadership, they plan to return to South and southern Africa to pillage again. As in the past, so too in the present, they use their business acumen and the intellect of the law as well as their political plants to develop a system that dumps the poor majority in deeper poverty, without any political influence or power. In other words, the poor majority is being misled to enrich the exclusive and insatiable oligarchs through the added cheap and uneducated indigenous African muscles ever further.

Those few oligarchs, their families and their institutionalised academic analysts worked on a well thought out plan to structure poverty thoroughly that it has become inescapable. The family history of the architects of apartheid proofs this writer correct.

Those self-enriched families had ordered an academic research programme of the life of the majority of the people, their leadership and their access to South and southern Africa’s resources. Two commissions were appointed to do that political and socio-economic research. They include the “Molteno Commission” of 1959 and the “Bogenhagen Commission” of the early 1960s.

Today, those plunder barons rate among the richest in the world, as they have moved their loot far from the original source to the lands of their roots.

Meanwhile, the ruling ANC produced an educated and sophisticated leadership. Despite the colonial-apartheid policies and laws, despite Bantu-education, despite no access to the country’s real economy and resources, these leaders realised what was construed and eventually saw through such collusion.

The educated leadership was able to lift the power from those self-righteous oligarchs and their diabolical agendas. Under the ANC rule, the electorate, which is the majority of South Africa, has at least put some of the power into the hands of national and regional- and local governments.

Against the aforementioned historic background the majority owns and manages the country’s Public Investment Commission (PIC), which holds the public pension funds. That amount has grown over ZAR1 trillion, which is much higher a figure than the total cash amount of all of South Africa’s banks.

The PIC has the controlling share in the electricity supplier, ESCOM, the transport network of Transnet, the telecommunication supplier of Telkom and the country’s national water supply.

The new, democratic majority leadership of the country does not only control the above-mentioned structures, but also has built over two million starter homes over the last eighteen years. In addition, it produced more black African matriculants and professional academics than the entire history of South and southern Africa.

Given the history of country and region, it is interesting to observe that the political, media- and civil society opposition lead by the Democratic Alliance (DA), criticise the ANC led government and its president to the point of attempting to rush through parliament a vote of no confidence in the incumbent with the assistance of the courts.

Yet, they do not even have confidence in their own looks and cannot be disciplined to control their diets. As a well-known social commentator and senior politician told this writer, “The DA is lead by misfits who have the audacity telling the public that the ANC has not delivered. Those misfits rely solely on the old criminal oligarchic capital, which now hopes to enter South Africa and its government in their disguise of white knights in shining armour, coming to safe the poor of the country.”

But the reality would show a different picture, namely, the grassroots would be marginalised and forgotten, even starving to death, while the few oligarchs and their families would get richer and richer in their global village.

A senior member of the ANC NEC added, “How is it possible that old mutton dresses itself up as lamb and another cannot discipline her diet, but then claim to be the better managers of society? They even have the nerve to copy the ANC’s historic freedom songs and clenched fist salute, trying to mislead the majority. No man, this is serious fraud. The DA’s leaders should be impeached. They are a disgrace to South Africa. If the DA would ever make it into government, that era in history would be known as the weighty disorientation of botox.”

A sense of nationwide anger and frustration with the oligarchic, exclusive ownership of the economy, its structured poverty on the one hand and political disingenuousness on the other is noted.

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Evil remnants inherited from colonial racist past seem to be recurring

By Udo W. Froese, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa

The racist apartheid war waged against SWAPO and its PLAN, the Angolan Defence Force (FAPLA), the Cubans, East Germans, Russians, South Africa’s Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), all in northern Namibia and southern Angola is part of Namibia’s history, like it, or not. Leading members of SWAPO and other Namibian communities, opposing South Africa’s occupation, were exposed to harassment, torture, unlimited incarceration, character assassination and murder – in political and war terms, ‘assassination’.

Renowned journalist and author, Terry Bell, documents in his book, “Unfinished Business, South Africa, Apartheid & Truth” about Namibia’s trials and tribulations in the late 1980s, “Thugs, killers and assorted agents of the (former Military Intelligence’s special unit) Civil Co-operation Bureau, for example, were drafted in to Namibia from every sector where they were operating. As Colonel Christoffel Nel told an in camera hearing of the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission): ‘This was a recipe for disaster.’ Competing agencies and operatives, all of them flush with cash, were turned loose on the territory to do what they could do to destabilise SWAPO and to try to ensure that the coming election would favour the other parties.”

“One of the greatest blunders in this regard appears to have been the killing of Anton Lubowski, a senior internal official of SWAPO and its most prominent white member. Evidence later emerged that while one agency was trying, unsuccessfully, to recruit Lubowski, others were planning to discredit him while a CCB unit planned and carried out his assassination.”

Back then, the former colonial-apartheid government and its occupational armed forces had turned loose its dogs of war in Namibia.

“There was a genesis of what became known as ‘third force’ violence and of much of the ‘black on black’ violence that was used in the propaganda efforts of the apartheid government at home (in South Africa) and abroad as it attempted to insinuate itself onto some moral high ground,” Terry Bell put on record in his book, “Unfinished Business, South Africa, Apartheid & Truth”.

The above-sketched inherited history of violence; including assassinations and such attempts should always be a cause for concern.

Recently, concern about above-mentioned tactics in Namibia was raised and it was correctly cautioned against.

Namibia’s media brushed such concerns off as ‘conspiratorial, not to be taken seriously’. There are those however, who seem to be in the know. They responsibly and rightfully point out that such inherited violence should never be excluded from the activities of criminal elements in Namibia, even on the highest of levels.

Therefore, the disingenuous and opportunistic media, their hooligan armchair academic analysts and opposition politicians’ criticism of such concerns is expected and correctly described as “cheap politicking, based on favouritism”.

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The Contradiction of Education

Some African countries have succeeded in educating their population. Good examples are Zimbabwe, Zambia and to a certain degree Nigeria and Swaziland. Others have failed. Bad examples are South Africa and a host of Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone African countries.

Many factors have led to the demise and the collapse to a certain degree of national education throughout this continent. Those are the remnants of exploitative colonial racism as well as corrupt officials.

As repeatedly pointed out, no matter how willing and committed popular ruling parties and their democratic governments are, corrupt individuals infiltrated and undermined them. Those countries were set up to fail from the onset.

In addition to the above-mentioned woes, the rampant global debt holocaust with the strategic support of Opec’s oil price manipulation and the hostile corporatisation of the world economy, have become the worst enemies of people throughout.

Education has become elitist. Most parents can’t afford to send their children to schools. Many learners attend government schools with no access to well-qualified teachers, sound classrooms and buildings, not to mention books. Whereas children from the elite from both, the public and private sectors are able to attend exclusive private schools with highly qualified teachers and global exchange programmes.

Once the learners finish school and qualify to study at universities of higher education, the majority of students fall through the cracks. Many universities do not allow tutorials. Deans of faculties ramble on in their lectures, which allow students to catch up on their lost sleep. In other words, there is no proper guidance, setting students up to loose interest and eventually fail.

Most bursaries are set up to assist the students up to a point only. Education fees are paid for, but neither books, nor accommodation, nor meals, nor transport are included. Even the above-average intelligent student is set up to fail. Particularly, students from a “previously” disadvantaged background have no access to a family member, or anyone else with a higher education in a solid workplace to ask for guidance. This gets worse, when those hopefuls attend courses in chartered accountancy and economics.

Since the fall of colonialism in the 1950s, education has successfully been undermined and cunningly developed to further an exclusive classist system. That strategy has ensured that the economy remains inaccessible. It also means that cartelisation and corporatisation, cross-shareholding, price-fixing and downright plundering of natural resources and funds built on hidden collusion and conspiracies cannot be stopped. On the contrary, the oligarchs of the economy never had it as good as today. In addition, workers remain limited and underpaid. Nothing has changed since the “former” colonisers have “given up” their occupation of the “former” colonies and their privileges and countries have become “independent”.

If young people qualify against all the odds, they still struggle to find a job. They find themselves to be educated into unemployment.

Structured endemic poverty cruelly follows its victims throughout generations and life.

The above-mentioned created fertile ground for covert infiltration and overt destabilisation by Third Forces. Their warlords further their interests to push for the collapse of ruling parties, governments and economies, paving the way to a dustbowl economy.

A rapidly shrinking global economic market has made the situation worse, as even the G-8 countries’ unemployment rate rises to frightening levels.

Until the year 2000, the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ had rated Zimbabwe for many years among the top three best-educated nations in the world. President Robert Mugabe had turned the former colonial educational system on its head and made education compulsory for all citizens. The standard of education catapulted to heights, this region had never experienced before. This in return, enabled Zimbabweans to build up their economy. But, they too had no access to their own land.

When Britain’s Labour Party Prime Minister, Tony Blair, took over 10 Downing Street, he instructed his Secretary for Foreign Affairs for Africa and the Mid-East, Claire Short, to breach the international ‘Lancaster House Agreement of 1979’, with the feeble excuse that neither he, nor his party had ever supported Rhodesia and Ian Smith, nor apartheid South Africa. Blair’s opportunism was merely to protect the land to be returned to the indigenous Zimbabweans. When Zimbabwe refused to accept that illegal act committed under the watch of the British Crown, Zimbabwe found itself severely punished with international sanctions and character assassinations by a hostile foreign owned media.

In order to survive, Zimbabweans fled to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique. Many left for Britain in search of employment. They had become economic refugees, as educated and qualified as they are.

However, Zimbabwe should be serving as a solid example for educating a nation. Despite all efforts to dump Zimbabwe into a smouldering civil war, that country remained stable and people kept their sanity. Today, Zimbabwe has almost overcome the foreign onslaught.

Malaysia leads by example, how to indigenise one’s own economy. The SADC would be well advised to look at Malaysia’s economic development through indigenisation under Prime Minister Mohammad Mahatir.

Land is a thorny issue and would have to be tackled without fear and favour. It is any country’s duty to integrate its population into the land, making it a success through agricultural programmes. Similar to medical practitioners, who have to do their horsemanship in hospitals and to attorneys, who have to do their articles in law firms, agricultural scholars could be deployed to farms across the country to till the land and manage the farms for a period of three to five years. This would enable them not only to gather hands-on experience. It would also give them the opportunity to derive and income and savings. With the assistance of their governments, they would then be able to buy their own land.

Governments are left with not choice, but to prioritise their active role in addressing that unfortunate mess, that has been set up to destabilise their countries. In fact, time has run out to be mere oratorical experts.

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Propaganda, Media, Regime Change, South Africa and the Myth of a South African Powerhouse – a reality check.

By Udo W. Froese, published columnist, independent political and socio-economic analyst based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels declared, if you have to use a lie to propagate your course, you would have to repeat it more often than possible and use the established mainstream media to turn it into a publicly acceptable truth.

A key CIA informer, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, admitted he lied about his allegations that Iraq had “weapons-of-mass-destruction”. He proudly announced that he would lie again to “bring democracy to the people of Iraq”.

When the international West unleashed its war against the people of Iraq, this deliberately unscrupulous and intentional lie for “democracy” cost over a million innocent human lives. “Weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD)” was the popular media propaganda to motivate that Holocaust. The international West’s “war correspondents” became “embedded to be able to report from the front” meaning, openly travelling in and reporting from US/UK tanks, armoured vehicles and military bases.

In Shakespeare’s English it is said, “all is fair in love and war”. You could add, the first victim in every war is the truth. Today’s global media often refers to “sweet, sweet lies and the ugly truth”.

Life’s experience taught this columnist that the victim of the propagated lie, cunningly packaged as truth, becomes its most ferocious defender and would die defending it.

A Savage War For” Peace and Democracy” assisted by a Global Propaganda War.

The destabilisation of North African countries and the Mid East, including Libya, was clearly explained in the international Western media networks. CNN, BBCW, SKY NEWS, EUROPE NEWS, AL JAZEERA, South Africa’s electronic media with the support of the print media, sang in unison from ‘the same hymnbook and from the same page’, as guided by former US president George W. Bush Jr. and France’s head-of-state, Nicolas Sarkozy, at a Breton Woods summit in 2008.

The global mainstream media describe the uprisings in North Africa and the Mid East as the “Arab Spring”, lauding the “people’s peaceful drive for democracy”, throwing their weight behind rebels that were described as “pro-democracy change agents” and condemning the heads-of-state and their governments as “corrupt dictators” at the same time.

Today, these countries and their people suffer the consequences. They find themselves in a daily struggle for survival to feed themselves, not being able to eat their freshly fought for “democracy”.

Yet, the same media refuses to report on the nationwide unrests in Israel, where over 350 000 Israelis protest against Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government. Israel rebels against huge prize hikes and an exorbitantly high cost of living.

The courageous former South African journalist, Paula Slier, reports on those uprisings daily for over three weeks. Slier is now based in Israel.

The international West’s media analysts and geo-political commentators openly admitted that their intelligence forces had prepared those “regime changes”, in some cases for over a period of twenty years, immediately after the “Cold War”. The foreign intelligence services issued the “peace-loving, pro-democracy protestors” with arms and ammunition, uniforms, ration packs and military hardware and guidance. In the case of Libya, they created a new, national bank overnight. Libya’s oil is a major motivator.

The organisation of the “pro-democracy change agents” was made possible through the media and modern-day high technology telecoms, which include social networking sites such as “Twitter”, “FaceBook” and “MySpace”. The “Blackberry’s” sophisticated technology BBM is of assistance too. So is money, lots of it.

Above-mentioned are the same technological mechanisms and tactics used to enforce US/UK/EU/Israel/Canadian/Australian/New Zealand led “globalisation”. A seriously funded “civil society” uses the above-mentioned for their agenda of “regime change” and creating parallel government structures to governments in Third World- and African countries.

The UN Security Council, which includes South Africa, gave NATO the green light to invade Libya’s airspace. They bombed Libya to pieces. It seems, South Africa’s decision to go with the international West’s decision against Libya – a fellow African country and member of the AU – will haunt president Zuma and the ANC-led government for time to come.

Is it not the case that an irrevocably bankrupt international West without any vision has declared a covert war against China, Russia and Iran?  It is this reason for hitting on those small countries to clear North Africa and the Mid East in order to keep the feared forces out of the Mediterranean area. At the same time, countries that have economic and business relations with China, Russia and Iran are destabilised whilst their political leadership would be taken to the neo-colonial International Crimes Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europe.

Syria, for example, is said to suffer at the hands of foreign interests, because of its relationship with Iran. Powerful international Western countries mentioned to undermine Syria are the USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly also latecomer, Turkey.

US Secretary-of-State, Hillary Rodham-Clinton, called for economic and financial sanctions against Syria. She urged China, Russia and India at the same time to immediately stop trading with Syrian oil, as they are major investors in Syria’s oil industry. Clinton is perceived to command the real power in Washington DC.

South Africa’s media shows its undemocratic, neo-liberal one-sidedness too.

Two seasoned columnists expressed their opinions in one of South Africa’s newspapers. They were published and fired. One humorously described the behaviour of the people of mixed race (called Coloureds in SA). The other writer criticised an editor of a Sunday newspaper, at the same time defending the leader of the African National Congress’s Youth League (ANCYL), Julius Malema. Both writers are black-African South Africans.

On the one hand, the ruling ANC’s tripartite partner, COSATU, and South Africa’s “civil society” viciously attack the governments of neighbouring Swaziland and Zimbabwe, more particularly King Mswati III and President Robert G. Mugabe. Zealously committed opposition political parties-, the international Western- and their media support are tirelessly at work reporting negatively on Swaziland and Zimbabwe, pushing for “regime change” in both countries.

On the other hand, when the ANCYL and Malema vocalise their support of a “regime change” in neighbouring Botswana, the same ANC, “civil society” and certain minority groups expect the ANC leadership to fire the youth league leader. One would expect, what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.

Following could be contributing reasons for ANCYL call for a “regime change” in Botswana.

Some nine years ago media- and political analysts described Botswana as the ‘Trojan Horse’ in the SADC region, because of its US American airbase, US satellite command and monitoring station and regular joint military manoeuvres with the US army in Botswana. Even Israeli forces were mentioned to be present in Botswana, a country ruled by President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, Commanding Officer of the Botswana Armed Forces and former Minister of Defence.

In those years Botswana’s presidential spokesman was also identified as a US citizen, who advised Botswana’s head-of-state then to withdraw from the unanimous SADC decision to bring Zimbabwe back into the ranks of the British Commonwealth at its summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in December 2003.

Khama hosted Zimbabwe’s MDC-T president, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his colleague, Tendai Biti, today Minister of Finance in Harare. They claimed that they had to fear for their lives. Then Khama publicly criticised neighbouring Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF.

The above-mentioned developments and the setting up of the US’s AFRICA COMMAND (AFRICOM) in Botswana and Namibia do not seem to have created a sense of security among SADC members.

Bankrupt propaganda mechanism protecting same old status quo.

In South Africa too the media ‘sings from the same hymnbook and from the same page’ – a happy collusion between the owners and shareholders of the publishing companies, the advertising industry and the “captains of industry”. This small elite has often been described as an “incestuous family of inhumane and greedy oligarchs”, “enemies of democracy” and interested in profits only by furthering structured poverty among the majority of the country’s and the regions’ population. From the onset, those few oligarchs paid for and benefited from colonial-apartheid. It worked for their interest. They never had to answer to anyone for their unscrupulous vice-grip on people’s lives and their future. On the contrary, they benefited hugely from an ANC-led government in a “new” South Africa. This is described as “free market economy”, based on international Western neo-liberal capitalism. A better description would be “centralised corporatisation” and “neo-fascism”, the same side of the same coin.

Two media houses have embarked on a national campaign of “Lead SA”. That campaign focuses on fixing of potholes, driving with lights-on during the day, anti-crime and pro-police support, a positive input into the daily lives of South Africans etc. for now, to establish itself in the public domain. It is to popularise their nation-wide drive for “Lead SA”.

The same media company’s talk-radios employ hosts and research teams that openly promote “regime change” through “peaceful, pro-democracy, protests” in Zimbabwe and Swaziland, calling on their listeners to “assist” their neighbours with efforts for a “regime change”.

This columnist called in to inform the host, her team and the station that such propaganda-for-destabilisation in souvereign, neighbouring countries is illegitimate, possibly illegal and unconstitutional. The producer demanded, what statement would have to be made on air. However, when told this would not be the case, the producer insisted that the caller should promote same pro-democratic call for interference in souvereign neighbours and members of the SADC. This writer stood his ground. The producer hung up.

The media’s “Lead SA” campaign seems quite similar to the “pro-democracy” forces in northern Africa and the Mid East, being used to ferment civil unrest in souvereign neighbouring countries to assist with “regime change”. Besides the modern technology of mobile phones and computers, could such media not also be used for a similar “regime change” in South Africa under president Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC?

Both media companies are foreign owned and controlled. One knighted British subject and media baron, former rugby player, Sir Tony O’Reilly, and the other, the Kirsch family together with a local trade union fund, to give it local credibility. It is seriously alleged that the latter deploys a former member of SA’s colonial-apartheid tri-cameral parliament under the late P. W. Botha for the minority Indian population group, Yussuf Ambramjee to head “Lead SA”.

Democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of association seem seriously limited in South Africa. In fact, those democratic developments are now under threat.

South Africa’s media ombudsman, Joe Thloloe, seems just too happy with the state of affairs of such bigotry and repeated contradictions. So seems the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF). So seem the media barons and their minions. So seems the general public, who have access to that media, which happens to make out hardly five percent of the total population of South Africa. It is that small minority only that can afford the media and the high costs of modern technology.

The established right-wing South African daily newspaper, ‘The Citizen”, remains in national circulation, despite it having been set up with stolen tax funds from the public during the colonial-apartheid regime. This newspaper was funded and launched in the 1970s by colonial-apartheid’s dr. rugby, dr. Louis Luyt and the notorious Department of Information under Minister dr. Connie Mulder and his director, dr. Eschel Rhoodie.

The editor of South Africa’s Sunday publication, “City Press”, is of Indian background. She edited the elitist investigative weekly journal, “Mail & Guardian” before. “City Press” is geared for an elite black-African market.

During one of the local radio talk shows, a caller from Soweto complained on air, that to make a person from a different, un-indigenous minority group editor of a publication, that markets itself as a “black-African newspaper” for a miniscule middle-class black-African readership is historically, culturally and traditionally off the mark, as such editor would simply not be able to understand its clientele at all.

The reputation of the Sunday publication “City Press” seems to be that of a provocateur and chief whip to streamline national thinking behind the same old status quo and agenda, discussed only behind closed doors. Meanwhile, the same powerful individuals, who own Nasionale Pers, Media 24, MNET-MultiChoice, seem to collude with and be behind the AVUSA Publishing Group and E-tv.

On the other hand, PrimeMedia and Independent Newspaper Group add their weight to the same cause, having created their “pro-democracy Lead SA” programme. That leaves the public broadcaster, the SABC, and the new daily newspaper, New Age, as the only two media organs not yet part of the national media strategies.

This writer’s column was published in the weekly “City Press” where he also wrote in defence of souvereignity, independence, democracy, tolerance and respect, understanding real African leaders such as Robert Mugabe, Sam Nujoma, Winnie Mandela, Chris Hani, Steve Biko, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Ahmed Ben Bella and many unsung heroes of the Pan-African, anti-colonial-apartheid-settler struggle and their cause.

The former editor then had the decency to call the writer, informing him that the Group CEO of Nasionale Pers/Media 24, who owns and publishes “City Press”, Koos Bekker, had told him telephonically to drop this columnist immediately, because of his analysis. But, no official reasons were given. That was in 2003, well into the “new, democratic” South Africa and Bishop Tutu’s “rainbow nation”.

Shortly thereafter this writer was published in the “Sowetan Sunday World”. This too was short lived. The analytical exposure of the geo-strategic position and the role of Botswana in the SADC and the former senior member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Patricia de Lille, today Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor of Cape Town and other such exposures were just too much for the editor and his publisher.

Saving Democracy in South- and Southern Africa.

The owners of the Fourth Estate should be identified for the public and held responsible to lead by example, respecting democracy, souvereignity, media freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of association. At the same time they should be stopped through a media-watchdog to collude as transpired for example, when the enemies of president Jacob Zuma together with certain editors built a case against the incumbent president. Particularly the media should be transparent, working with government and the public.

The media’s meddling in power politics, continuous attempts in character assassination, misrepresentation of facts, contradictions, using the law and “human rights” in its favour to achieve its goals and its overall bigotry are all equal to the evil ‘blood libel’ of well paid agents-of-confusion.

As in neighbouring SADC member countries, South Africa’s ruling ANC would be well advised to set up its own national daily newspaper and become part of the regional initiative of establishing a regional weekend newspaper and add a weekly ANC party newspaper to compete with the private media. Such effort would be able to balance the media industry of South Africa and the SADC region. This form of responsible leadership would not tolerate fear or favour.

“Continental Powerhouse” – Fact or Propaganda?

In conclusion, former South African president Thabo Mbeki defined the country realistically. He described it as two societies located in the south of the African continent: (i) one majority black-African, represented by the ruling ANC, but with no access to the economy, to banks and land, to proper education – thus, historically exposed to structured poverty and (ii) the other well-to-do minority Caucasian, Eurocentric owners of the economy, most of who already had shifted their head offices and capital to the City of London under the banner of “globalisation”.

As soon as black-African South Africans show a serious interest at becoming part of the mining-, banking-, agricultural- and land sectors, its current owners and shareholders threaten a full-scale economic war, claiming as always foreign investment would stop immediately and jobs would be lost, as if black-African South Africans ever had any benefits from foreign capital. They would have to be content with a neo-liberal democracy.

For all the above-mentioned reasons, it would not make sense to perceive South Africa as a “power house of Africa”. It is however good propaganda, which suits the real owners of the status quo.

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